Completed in 1975, Columbia Pictures picked up the distribution rights but demanded that minor changes be made to reduce potentially controversial aspects of the plot.
[4] According to Packer, Elba and Saldana were the favorite actors for their respective lead roles; he stated that "they both brought the right amount of depth and sex appeal" to the film.

"[1] Schrader stated that "the future section was cut from the script for budgetary reasons" however rumor had it that Bernard Herrmann suggested the cuts when he was working on the score for the film because he felt the last third set in the future didn't work. Schrader's original screenplay, titled Déjà Vu, was reportedly much longer than the final film, with a coda that extended another ten years beyond where the film now ends. [27] Greg Quill from the Toronto Star agreed, and wrote that Shill and Loughery "stripped the drama of its potentially gripping – and obvious – racial overtones".

1999: Ben Stiller vs. "[29], The final fight scene between Sharon and Lisa was lauded by critics.

[24] Jason McKiernan of described the film as "so steeped in the formula of the psycho-sexual suspense flick that it works as both a thriller and a comedy" and "very good trash". It is an exact replica of the kidnappers' message from sixteen years before.

In a sense, the movie offers viewers the opportunity to do the same thing—by going back to a more romantic era of the cinema and the simple, touching pleasures denied the audience by the current antiromantic spirit of the movies.

Based on 85 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a "Rotten" rating from critics, with 19% positive reviews and an average rating of 3.7 out of 10.

Detective Reese arrives as Sharon comes out of the house; she later goes inside the house to investigate Lisa's actions.

Derek and his workmates visit a resort for a conference, where he spots and confronts Lisa, who spikes his drink. Derek intends to report Lisa to his firm's human resource management, but learns that she has quit her job. 2002: Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker vs. Hong Kong gang – Rush Hour 2 Pauline Kael, normally one of De Palma's greatest admirers, dismissed the film as " more than an exercise in style, with the camera whirling around nothingness..."[13] Vincent Canby wrote, "To be blunt, Obsession is no Vertigo, Hitchcock's witty, sardonic study of obsession that did transcend its material, which wasn't all that bad to start with.

He confronts Lisa again the following day, and hours later discovers her lying naked in his bed after attempting suicide, and calls for medical help. Other reviewers routinely praised the stylish cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond, and Bernard Herrmann's beautiful, highly romantic score was one of the most acclaimed in his distinguished career, earning him a posthumous Academy Award nomination (the composer died in December 1975, a few hours after completing the score of Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver). Derek's wife, Sharon (Beyoncé), learns of Lisa's obsessive behavior, and suspects an affair. Mekhi Phifer Elika Portnoy Brian Matney Brad Dourif Jared Bankens Jeff Grays Candi Brooks Robert Mello Terence Rosemore Ruben Santiago-Hudson Kerry Cahill Marjorie Parker, 91 mins   The film's editor, Paul Hirsch, agreed with the decision to obscure the incest theme, noting, "I thought it was a mistake to drag incest into what was basically a romantic mystery, so I suggested to Brian, 'What if it never happened? Although Derek repeatedly rejects her, Lisa continues to pursue him throughout the film, and makes sexual advances on him at the office Christmas party. Courtland blames himself for the deaths of his wife and daughter. "Obsession" an essay by Brad Stevens, Arrow Blu-Ray, 2011, "Obsession: An Essay" by Brad Stevens, Arrow video, Blu-Ray, 2011, Kael, Pauline. The story is about a New Orleans businessman who is haunted by guilt following the death of his wife and daughter during a kidnapping-rescue attempt gone wrong.

He withdraws massive quantities of money from his accounts and business holdings, financially ruining him and forcing him to sign over his interest in the real estate business to LaSalle. The now nearly insane Courtland stabs LaSalle to death. Report this film.

The fight scene was filmed on a sound stage set, rather than in the house, for safety and practicability reasons. [5], Costume designer Maya Lieberman attempted to contrast the costumes of Sharon and Lisa to reinforce the conflict between the two characters. 2009: Robert Pattinson vs. Cam Gigandet – Twilight The Schrader most effective when it's most romantic, and transparent when it attempts to be mysterious...The such that you'll probably have figured out the mystery very early. What if instead of having them get married, Michael only dreams of getting married?

"[5] Sharon wore clothes designed by Zac Posen, Yves Saint Laurent, Jimmy Choo, Diane von Fürstenberg, Valentino, Stella McCartney and Missoni, while Lisa wore Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Burberry outfits. [3], 1996: Adam Sandler vs. Bob Barker – Happy Gilmore

[19] The film began showing in the United Kingdom on May 29, 2009. - there’s three rolls of toilet paper and a bong behind her vanity in her bedroom. Starring Idris Elba, Beyoncé Knowles, and Ali Larter, the film tells the story of Lisa (Larter), an office temp who develops unrequited feelings for her boss, … This review may contain spoilers.

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"[5], The casting directors for Obsessed were Ron Digman and Valorie Massalas. Before meeting George Good (Brad Dourif), Sonny Jordan (Mekhi Pfeiffer) was just a lost drifter with a troubled past floating from town to town, looking for work. [21] A common complaint about the film was that, unlike most "deranged stalker"-themed films, Obsessed did not explain why Lisa was so determined to seduce Derek, who showed no interest in her at all. [25] However, Alex Navarro from Screened called the fight "boring" because of the poor filming and editing of the scene. [39], Obsessed was screened at 2,514 theaters and grossed $11,209,297 on its opening day of April 24, 2009;[40] it ended its opening weekend at the top of the box office, with gross revenue of $28,612,730 in those three days,[41][42] and became the second-biggest opening weekend for a Screen Gems film ever. On their wedding night, Sandra is kidnapped and a ransom note is left behind by her abductors. "[9] Variety's review described it as "an excellent romantic and non-violent suspense drama...Paul Schrader's a complex but comprehensible mix of treachery, torment and selfishness..."[10]

Festival and promo theatrical dates non withstanding. The film's storyline has drawn comparisons to that of Fatal Attraction (1987) – a recollection in which Elba and Beyoncé have the Michael Douglas and Anne Archer roles, respectively, while Larter is in Glenn Close's – although film critics disliked the fact that Derek did not yield to Lisa's seduction.

"[6] Obsessed was allocated a production budget of $20 million.

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The already slightly unhinged Courtland begins to court the young woman, and subtly attempts to transform her into a perfect mirror image of his dead wife. Marjorie Baumgarten from The Austin Chronicle stated that, despite the predictability of its plot, Obsessed caters to "the American moviegoers' appetite for a juicy catfight. It became a projection of his desires rather than actual fact. I just started this movie because it looks like a very particular, trashy kind of movie I like.

She really believes that [Derek] is in love with her. "[19] Another review aggreatator, Metacritic, gave the film a weighted mean score of 25 out of 100, based on ten reviews from mainstream critics.

[38] The stunt work was recognized at the 2010 Taurus World Stunt Awards with nominations for Best Fight and Best High Work, and the award for Best Overall Stunt by a Woman.

IMDb "[9] Packer showed the film script to Beyoncé's talent agent, who suggested that Beyoncé play the role of Sharon.
2011: Robert Pattinson vs. Bryce Dallas Howard and Xavier Samuel – The Twilight Saga: Eclipse 2006: Angelina Jolie vs. Brad Pitt – Mr. & Mrs. Smith De Palma was effusive in his praise of Bujold who he felt had the more difficult role, which she played admirably, giving the film the emotional resonance needed for the project. Incapacitated, Derek is helpless when Lisa follows him into his hotel room. I felt it was much too complicated, and wouldn't sustain, so I abbreviated it. Online's Natasha Vargas-Cooper lauded the choreography and noted the scene as the highlight of the film. She said, "With Ali, our discussion started with wanting really clean, classic and sharp lines, whereas Beyoncé's character [wore] more soft, more textural cashmeres and knits. [34] McKiernan called it the "best knock-down, drag-out girlfight" of 2009. Seeing that the floor is beginning to collapse, Sharon pries Lisa off of her arm.